Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Mind, Body, and Spirit (SOLS)

Now that summer is here I can finally stop making excuses and get to the business of catching up with my life.  I don't know about yours, but the school year for me is always very busy.  There is an endless list of things to do both inside and outside of the classroom.  My classroom responsibilities often take on a life of their own.  I often use weekends to squeeze in everything else that needs to be done in my life.

So here I am, trying to catch up with my life.  I have a list of things on my summer "To Do" list.  Do you get the feeling that I like lists?  I do!  They seem to keep me on track.  What I like even more is checking things off my list once they are accomplished.  Here is a sample of the things on my summer list:

  • Workout
  • Walk/run the trail
  • Prepare healthier meals
  • Spend time with family
  • Read
  • Organize Everything
  • Write
  • Prepare for next school year
  • Travel
  • Relax
  • Think
Don't laugh at the last one.  Sometimes I just want a little extra time to think.  I'm not at a lost for things to think about either.  A lot of this thinking has to do with planning.  Planning for next school year, planning with my daughter (who will be a senior next year), planning outings with friends and family, planning, planning, planning.  One of the best places to think and plan, is on my favorite walking/running trail.  In my town, we have some of the most beautiful trails.  My favorite is The Paint Creek Trail.  It's five minutes from my home and it's breathtaking.  Sometimes I walk or run and listen to music on my iPhone.  Sometimes I walk and think, and often times, I stop and enjoy the view along the way.  Today I spotted this huge mushroom growing beside a tree.  

It's so important to Stop, in the midst of all the business, and smell the roses (or mushrooms)! It's good for the mind, body, and spirit.


  1. Love the image of the trail! I am doing much of the same this summer. The thinking is the biggest part! Just sitting and thinking, watching, listening. Enjoy your thinking!

    1. Thanks Joanne,
      I love having just a little extra time to think. I do some of my best thinking when I'm out in nature.

  2. Wow...that is one beautiful mushroom! It's my first week off, too, and I am having a hard time thinking. I've had way too much of it all school year, and now my brain is moving in slow motion - it;s summer time, after all!

    1. Tara,
      I feel the same way. I've had way too much thinking to do all school year too but I can't seem to turn it off. The difference is that I'm thinking about the things I choose to think about rather than things I HAVE to think about:)

  3. I can relate to the thinking part--that is why it took my till after 10 tonight to post my post!

    1. It does take time to think. Sometimes it takes a lot of time to think about what to write about. I've experienced that a lot lately. I can't wait to read your post.

  4. What a blessing it is to have our summers to pause, catch up,and think. We get refueled. This happens, too I think when go out into nature and look at all the surprises right in front of us as your giant mushroom picture shows. Keep enjoying it all Valerie!

    1. Thanks so much. I'm going to enjoy it as much as I can because it goes by way too fast. It really is a blessing to have the gift of summer.